SHOCK AND AWE: India buys 460 Russian tanks – alarm bells ring. Pakistan also wants to buy 360 Russian tanks. Rumors and Threats of wars, in diverse places.
INDIA has acquired 460 Russian tanks to bolster its “shock and awe” capabilities on its western front as Pakistan continues talks to strike a deal with Moscow for an order of 360 of the military machines.
By CARLY READ PUBLISHED: 21:23, Tue, May 7, 2019 | UPDATED: 21:31, Tue, May 7, 2019. Express.co.uk
New Delhi defence ministry sources said the nation’s Ordnance Factory Board cabinet committee on security cleared the licence acquisition to product the 464 T-90 tanks from Russia more than a month ago. The Indian army already has around 1,070 T-90 tanks as well as 124 ‘Arjun’ and 2,400 older T-72 tanks in its 67 regiments. The first set of 657 T-90 tanks, now to be upgraded to improved models, were imported from Russia in 2001, the Times of India reports.
A source told the publication: “There has been some delay in the indent for the remaining 464 tanks, which will also have night-fighting capabilities.
“Once it is done, the first 64 tanks should be delivered in 30-41 months.”
The move comes as the 1.3million-strong army seeks to re-format its entire war machinery following tensions with Pakistan. The army’s new Land Warfare Doctrine notes the “response along the western front will be sharp and swift, with the aim to destroy the adversary’s centre of gravity and secure spatial gains” Another source added: “Pakistan has plans to upgrade its existing mechanised forces, which includes over 50 armoured regiments of Ukrainian T-80UD and Chinese-origin tanks.
“It wants to acquire new Russian T-90 tanks and indigenously produce others with China’s help.”
India and Pakistan are not alone in seeking Russian military weaponry.
NATO has issued a chilling warning after the US said it would impose sanctions on Turkey if it went ahead and purchased missiles from Russia.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told an audience the country’s plan to buy Russian missile defence systems was worrying after he held a meeting with Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Mr Stoltenberg said NATO wants to avoid situations where fellow allies of the group impose sanctions on each other.
His comments come after Turkey admitted it would never bow to the US over its agreement to purchase the Russian S-400 surface to air missile defence system.
The deal, which was confirmed by the country’s vice president Fuat Oktay, has increased already strained ties between Turkey and Washington.
The US claim that the systems are not compatible with NATO equipment and may compromise its Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets.
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